Activision layoffs likely don’t affect Blizzard’s games

    
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Game Informer is reporting that Activision-Blizzard has suffered layoffs in the wake of its earnings call last week. Don’t panic, MMO players; it at least appears that the layoffs were focused on the Minneapolis base and may have affected the Guitar Hero and Skylander franchises and other licensed IPs, although Activision-Blizzard didn’t specify. In confirming layoffs, a spokesperson said,

“As announced on our earnings call, our games for core audiences did extremely well, but the casual audience has not yet emerged on next gen consoles. So we are refocusing to better align with Activision’s long-term priorities because, as always, our strategy evolves to keep us ahead of a rapidly-changing industry. We are working with those impacted by the changes to offer outplacement services and support.”

Gameinformer says the original tip came from the spouse of an affected Activision employee; that tweet, however, has since been deleted.

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JudgeDavid101
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Best of luck in future endeavors. WoW subscriber numbers removal from that report has not aroused my WoW F2P speculation.. yet.

SallyBowls1
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Ironwu SallyBowls1  I can agree with this person’s analysis at Gamasutra “Activision bought King to appease a Wall Street that expects every game publisher to be heavily into mobile — see the Nintendo stock jump on the original DeNA announcement. In that sense, it was a wise purchase — but it would have been wiser to spend $500 million trying to make mobile work over the last 8 years rather than $6 billion in 2015.” 

But given that ATVI was too cautious and did not get into mobile years ago when they should have, there is a lot of appeal to buying.  IMO you greatly underestimate the time/cost for Blizzard to find that many good people and recreate things like the King Saga analytics.

MadMadChuck
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Ironwu SallyBowls1 I think a lot of people still can’t separate Blizzard from Activision Blizzard for some reason. It wasn’t Blizzard Entertainment that bought King, it was Activision Blizzard. The MMO, MOBA, and CCG is Blizzard Entertainment. Activision Blizzard is the parent company and honestly have little interaction on a day to day basis.
Also, we’ll never really know the sub number again in WoW as they’ve moved to not reporting that directly because it wasn’t significant and caused more confusion overall. If you look at the last call; though, they made great money in Q4 of 2015, just more came from non-WoW sources for the first time, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If they didn’t have these other games, then Blizzard Entertainment would be in trouble. Luckily, they diversified over the years.

sonicblue31
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sonicblue31

It sucks people lost jobs, on the upside…it is in Minnesota. Good jobs and great companies are many in that state. I highly doubt they will have trouble finding a better job by the end of the week.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

Well they havent made a good guitar hero since 2. Thats long time and a lot of ‘maybe it will work again this time?’ failures.

Ironwu
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SallyBowls1
One could have made the same argument regarding their MMOs, MOBAs, and CCGs.
Seems like they did OK doing their own in-house work on those genres.
I doubt very much if expanding their current skills into the mobile market would have cost them that much, or taken them that long to do.
Seems to me as if there was some other agenda at work in the King acquisition beyond ‘needing’ the tech and infrastructure.

Denice J Cook
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Guitar Hero on new gen…pffft.  How many plastic-buttoned musical toys can one jam under one’s sofa, anyway?  I’m surprised Rock Band and Guitar Hero even tried to make a comeback this past holiday season to be honest.  They died off long ago.

Don’t Daybreak Studios’ new overlords, Columbus Nova, own one of those (Rock Band?), by the way?

SallyBowls1
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ScottRondeau  IDK, a quick google showed a starting Java programmer makes a tad above the national household income.  So you can leave school and get a job that involves sitting in an air-conditioned office and make more than half the households in this country.  Get lucky with your stock options and things do quite well.  

OTOH, especially if you are in IT though, then automation, H-1B, and outsource/offshore are having a real impact.

SallyBowls1
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Ironwu  ATVI may have overpaid or bought the wrong mobile company with their $5.9B.  But I doubt trying to do it in-house would have been the correct answer.  For one thing, ATVI is behind in the mobile space, so spending some money to catch up makes sense; one of the things you are buying is time.

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Bummer to the people that lost their jobs but tale heart, Minnesota economy is absolutely exploding right now! You’ll find something and it will probably pay significantly more